Position title
Production Manager
Description

Kiambaa Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society Limited was formed in the colonial era and duly registered on the 26th January 1963 as a Dairy co-operative under The Co-operative Society Rules, 1946. The Society was formed by farmers within Kiambaa area with an objective of coming together and bulking their milk produce so as to reach better rewarding markets and have an upper hand in mobilization of resources for competitive advantage. Since then, the Society has withered difficult storms such as poor milk handling procedures, poor marketing strategies and poor management but has managed to stand tall up to the present day. During the time the Society experienced loss of market opportunities and withdrawal of members but it also experienced growth by both revenue and assets. So far it has good cooling machines and tanks, a well maintained fleet of vehicles, a reliable power back-up system (Generator) and a reliable source of water for better hygienic conditions while handling milk. It has also been able to open up animal feeds stores where its members can easily access concentrates and mineral supplements at competitive prices. The society has since started value addition strategy where it produces high quality yoghurt (Dafina) and pasteurized milk. The Society has also made significant strides in computerizing its operations and hire competent staff who are regularly trained. The Society is governed by a Board of Management which consists of 9 members while the supervisory committee has 3 members. Current the society’s work force consist of 60 members of staff.

Responsibilities
  • Direct the activities of the production facility relating to raw milk, pasteurized milk, yoghurt, lala & other value-added products by making sure the Society produces good quality products.
  • Ensure that the milk received and sold by the plant satisfies the prescribed quality both by the Society and the Dairy Regulation Board.
  • Support the Quality Assurance role in the company to ensure that it supports the high-Quality Assurance standards and compliance and to assess potential food security risks.
  • Ensure food security preventive measures are being implemented and routinely audited regarding the handling, processing, and storage of all food ingredients as well as finished dairy products.
  • Ensure all factory Machines are in good condition and working well by checking the machines operator’s reports on a daily basis.
  • Ensure the staffs in charge of milk collection and dispatch for both day and night shifts have handed over well and all the documentation involved is done at the end of each shift and ensure no milk losses.
  • Assist to define new products with specific emphasis on high value products to improve the product offering in the market and have best of quality in the market.
  • Maintain proper staffing levels, employee performance evaluations, discipline, and employee recommendations for the production department.
  • Work with relevant teams in finding innovative solutions geared towards improvement of quality and productivity of society dairy products.
  • Develop annual production expense budgets in accordance with forecasted sales volumes and planned inventory levels for the high value products.
  • Provide reliable and accurate daily, weekly and monthly reports to management to ensure that end of month closing schedules are met.
  • Organize production line activities to ensure conformance to established requirements regarding quality, safety, employee relations, productivity and cost scheduled volume outputs.
  • Ensure that appropriate standard operating procedures are developed and adhered to for all production processes.
  • Implement new & support the current plant safety programs and ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices (GMPS) and other regulatory requirements.
  • Implement and enforce food safety management systems (ISO 22000:2005) and HACCP.
  • Ensure that the appropriate tests and checks are undertaken- i.e. water, acidity levels and any chemical reagents are carried out and recorded
  • Monitor the inventory of quality control apparatus and inputs, procurement of the same and ensuring that there is no downtime on milk quality checks
  • Develop and update SOPs, standards, safety, sanitary regulations, waste management and water supply specifications.
  • Develop good hygiene practices and supervise the cleanliness of the laboratory, production floor, machinery, and equipment.
Qualifications
  • Diploma or Degree in Food Science & Technology / Dairy Technology and Management or any relevant qualification.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Dairy Production and at least 3 years in high-value product processing.

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Planning and organizing abilities
  • Strong leadership and teamwork abilities
  • Good analytical skills
  • Stress tolerance, adaptable with the ability to pro-actively solve problems
  • Integrity, with a commitment to service
  • Ability to make strategic decisions and delegate
Employment Type
Full-time
Industry
Agriculture
Job Location
Nairobi, Kenya
Base Salary
Ksh.Competitive Per month
Date posted
December 14, 2022
Valid through
December 22, 2022
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